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Samsung offers ‘deep apology’ and compensation to workers who’ve contracted incurable diseases

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May
2014

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has officially apologized over the illnesses and deaths of some of its factory workers. In a public statement, Samsung Electronics CEO Kwon Oh-hyun said \several workers at our production facilities suffered from leukemia and other incurable diseases, which also lead to some deaths.\ Kwon said Samsung would make \appropriate compensation to those who were affected and their families,\ after activist groups claimed hazardous working environments caused some employees to contract lethal diseases. Samsung is embroiled in a health controversy over its potentially dangerous work environments. In 2011, a Seoul administrative court said there was a high probability that Hwang Yu-mi, who died from leukemia in 2007, contracted the disease after coming in contact with dangerous chemicals at a Samsung plant in Suwon.

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